Thai, Central in Finland


Population
7,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Centuries ago the Central Thai people lived north of Yangtzekiang in China. Relentless pressure by the Chinese gradually forced them southward. They conquered many peoples and cultures as they sought a new homeland, and by the 10th century they had settled in what is now central Thailand. A bloodless revolution in 1932, led by Westernized intellectuals, instituted a democratic constitutional monarchy. However, the country has suffered numerous governmental upheavals since then. Today, Buddhism is the central and unifying force in Thai society and even maintains social control. The Central Thai speak Thai, the official language of Thailand.

The Central Thai are unusually polite, respectful, and hospitable people. Age is highly respected in Central Thai society. Type of occupation, wealth, and place and type of residence follow age in terms of respect and rank. The Central Thai are distinguished by a near absence of labor division by gender, which helps them fit in when living in places like Finland where there is much gender equality.


Where Are they Located?

Most Central Thai people in Finland live in urban centers and near university campuses.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Many of the Central Thai people are college students. Once there, they seldom have much social contact with the Finish majority.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Theravada Buddhism was introduced in Thailand in 329 B.C. Almost all of the Thai are devout followers of Gautama Buddha and seek to eliminate suffering and improve their future by gaining merit in pursuit of perfect peace, or nirvana. They believe that merit can be acquired through feeding monks, donating to temples, and attending worship services.


What Are Their Needs?

Believers can reach out to students from Thailand by opening their homes to them and giving them a "home away from home." In this informal, relaxed atmosphere, they can share the deeds of Jesus Christ with Thai Buddhists.


Prayer Points

* Ask God to raise prayer teams who will begin breaking up the soil through worship and intercession.
* Ask God to send believers to work among the Central Thai people in Finland.
* Ask the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of the Central Thai towards believers so that they will be receptive to the gospel.
* Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among the Central Thai people in Europe that will spread far and wide.
* Pray that God will mobilize the Church in Finland to reach out to Thai college students at Finland's universities.


References

http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/Thai-People-in-Finland/
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/11277/FI
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thai_people
https://omf.org/ca/product/omf-international-diaspora-ministries-field-thai-diaspora-ministry-p86006/


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-04-06
People Name General Thai, Central
People Name in Country Thai, Central
Population in Finland 7,000
World Population 20,204,700
Total Countries 25
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Bangkok Thai, Central Tai, Khon Tai, Lao Song, Siamese, Siamese Thai, Tai Noi, Thai Khom, Thai Klang, Thai Song
People ID 11277
ROP3 Code 101940
Country Finland
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Finland
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language: Thai (7,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: tha   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Thai (7,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: tha   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Thai

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1834-1967)
New Testament Yes   (1843-1977)
Complete Bible Yes   (1883-2011)
Audio Bible Online
 
Possible Print Bibles
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World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Come to Me (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Father's Love Letter (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Fathers Love Letter
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video GodMan in Thai (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Thai
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Thai Contextual Gathering (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Primary Religion: Buddhism

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
95.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.50 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
1.00 %
Non-Religious
2.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
7.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
4.0 %
Protestant
44.0 %
Roman Catholic
45.0 %
Photo Source: Peoples of Laos, Paul Hattaway   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Profile Source: Keith Carey  
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